Banashankari Temple in Southern Bangalore, located on Kanakapura Road, is certainly one of the most popular places of worship in Bangalore City. Devotees have strong belief in the goddess also it is believed that she fulfills desires for prayers done in true sincere. The belief in goddess is so strong that a huge number of devotees visit this temple every day, sri banashankari devi is also know as shakambari,
The history of Banashankari temple in Bangalore dates back to the year 1915. This temple was founded by Basappa Shetty, a devotee of Goddess Banashankari. He brought a idol of Goddess from Badami, a holy place in Bijapur district, and installed it inside the temple.
Banashankari Amma Temple is one of the very famous temple in Bangalore, not because of the temple looks but because of the beliefs, surrounded by the temple.
Uniqueness of Banashankari Temple
The unique features of the Banashankari temple in Bangalore is of the fact that Goddess is worshipped and prayers are offered during Rahukala time, Rahukala is believed to be an unfavorable time as per Hindus. Additionally it is believed that worshipping Goddess Banashankari in Rahukala to overcome all of the hardships as well as paucities of life. This temple attracts huge number of devotees, particularly on Tuesdays, Fridays as well as Sundays. The prayers to Goddess Banashankari are offered by lighting many oil lamps in semi cut lemon peels, whose pulp have been removed.
A folklore behind this tradition is, once three "Muttaide"s (married women) visited the temple and asked the temple’s priest to perform Puja in Rahukala. Though initially the priest refused to perform the Pooja, the "Muttaide"s insist and make him perform the Pooja. After completion, the priest comes out to offer them the Prasadam, but finds that they have Vanished. The head priest at the time Shri Suryanarayana Shastri started the Rahukala pooja to the deity from then onwards. Devotees believe that offering prayers during Rahukala brings divine blessings. Since then the descendents of Shri Suryanarayana Shastri have continued the tradition and perform the Rahukala pooja.
The way of offering prayers at the temple is also very interesting. Devotees creates Lamps from lemons by cutting them in half and removing the inside pulp. They then put oil inside and lights them.
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday are considered as the most auspicious days and huge number of devotees offer prayers on these days.
The temple celebrates 4 main festivals. Banashankari Jaatre on the day of Pushya Shuddha Hunnime, Temple's Anniversary, Dussehra and Banashankari Janmotsava on Baadrapada Shuddha Hunnime.
The Banashankari temple in Bangalore currently is under the administration and management of the Muzrai of the Government of Karnataka.
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